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March 4th: a day to remember

by | Mar 4, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

We knew Wednesday, March 4, would be a day that pro-lifers would remember for years to come. The Supreme Court would hear oral arguments over a challenge to a  protective Louisiana abortion law–a bi-partisan measure passed with huge majorities–and we’d collectively sort out what the results of “Super Tuesday” appeared to be telling us.

First, June Medical Services v. Russo, the case heard this morning by the justices.

Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper lauded the work of the legal team defending the state’s 2014 “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.”

“We congratulate Louisiana Solicitor Liz Murrill on her outstanding defense of Louisiana’s common-sense law designed to protect the health and safety of Louisiana women, “ Clapper said. “Liz effectively articulated the long history of deplorable conditions at Louisiana abortion facilities, which shows that these businesses cannot speak for Louisiana women.  We look forward to the Supreme Court’s decision this summer.  It is time the Supreme Court put the health and safety of women ahead of the profits of abortion businesses.”

(Left to Right)  Ben Clapper, executive director, Louisiana Right to Life; Carol Tobias, NRL President; and Karen Cross, NRL Political Director

NRLC President Carol Tobias keenly explained the mentality of abortionists and their legion of media defenders. “For years, the abortion industry has carved out an exemption for itself from minimal health and safety requirements intended to protect unborn children and their mothers,” she said. “They insist they should not be required to follow the same laws as other surgical centers because, somehow, that would be ‘singling’ them out. That is nonsense.”

Tobias added, “The law in Louisiana requires that doctors at ambulatory surgical centers have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Why should the abortion industry be exempt? Why should they receive special treatment?”

Why, indeed?

A decision is expected in June. There are a bevy of other forms of protective abortion laws that defenders of unborn children and their mothers anticipate will eventually come before the High Court.

What about former Vice President Joe Biden winning nine states on Super Tuesday compared to three states (and likely a fourth—California) for Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders? Who saw that coming? 

As Jazz Shaw put it, “Up until South Carolina, Joe Biden looked dead in the water. Bernie was set to win the vast majority of Super Tuesday states, some by large margins. There was continual talk of Sanders waking up this morning with an insurmountable lead.”

The nature of presidential nominating campaigns is that the flashier typically  outshines the more mundane, at least in the short term. “But some things remain up in the air,” as the New York Times reported earlier today. “ It’s worth remembering that the number to watch is delegates — not votes. And the final delegate breakdown from Super Tuesday has yet to be decided, with results still being counted in California. Maine was also too close to call early on Wednesday.” 

Even after a super Super Tuesday, Biden is only narrowly ahead in the delegate count. A candidate needs at  least 1,991 of the 3,979 pledged delegates. Biden is in the very low 500s.

It is very much worth remembering that, as we discussed yesterday, turnout for President Trump is extremely high in the primaries even  though he is unopposed, for all practical purposes. Nonetheless, as Rolling Stone’s Andy Kroll wrote: “Democrats Have a Turnout Problem:  Trump is setting turnout records. The Democrats need to replicate their historic 2008 voter mobilization — but they keep falling short.”

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